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No matter where you are on earth, the computer can work. As long as the power and broadband connections, then your equipment can be a good run, you will be able to get the world's computing power.
However, the situation in space is different. International space station computer can only through high latency, low bandwidth network to connect to the Internet. This is usually done by satellite communication technology.
If you have used satellite Internet, you can know how bad it is. This means that the International Space Station's computer can not get real-time access to cloud computing resources on Earth. When you ask Siri or Alexa, the voice will be digitized, processed in the cloud computing platform, and the system will respond in real time. But if you do this on the International Space Station, then it will take at least a few minutes to get an answer.
Hewlett-Packard is about to use a new supercomputer to upgrade the computing power of the International Space Station. The SpaceX-12 rocket, which will be launched on Monday, is equipped with the company's Spaceborne computer. This will give the International Space Station a powerful computing power. This is a general-purpose computing device where scientists can process data without relying on an Internet connection.
Mark Fernandez, chief technical officer of the company's US technology officer, said: "This is a general-purpose, Linux-based high-performance computing system." The world's top 500 supercomputers are using a similar mode of operation. Scientists will be able to focus on science, not the network connection. The international space station's downlink connection is not very good. & Rdquo;
Hewlett-Packard's new equipment is not just to the International Space Station to increase the computing power of several trillion times per second. For space exploration missions, this is a new way of computer development. If successful, it means that computers on the NASA spacecraft will not always be a problem or out of date.
The most important thing for a computer developed for the space environment is reliability. After all, it's hard to ask IT staff for help at hundreds of kilometers from the ground. Not only the chip needs to be reliable, the computer itself should be able to adapt to extreme low temperature, cosmic rays, and even solar flares.
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However, the Spaceborne computer is different. This computer gave up the physical durability, instead of using the software-based approach. In theory, this can compensate for the harsh conditions of the International Space Station, such as regulating the performance of radiation in space. This computer does not need to accept the durability, this is partly because the computer design life is 1 year. With the new rack design, after that, the user can easily replace it with a more powerful new model.
If the machine has been successfully tested in harsh environments in space, then such replacement can be carried out to ensure that the International Space Station computer with the latest performance. This is unprecedented in space exploration missions. In general, researchers in space exploration missions use their own equipment to perform general computing tasks, but the performance of the notebook can be limited.
Spaceborne computer has another mission: it takes about a year to fly to Mars. As the distance from the Earth is much more than the International Space Station, spacecraft carrying the local computing power is particularly important. If HP's trial is successful, Mars explorers can use a more powerful computer.